Give Jordan Rodgers some credit– He’s not afraid to own an opinion that might upset some fans.
The former Vanderbilt quarterback and reality TV star is now paid to give his takes on the SEC Network, where he serves as a studio analyst and will soon be one of the people in the booth to replace Jesse Palmer and Brent Musburger on game nights this fall.
On Wednesday night, Rodgers was asked to give his top five SEC offenses heading into the season. He may have caught some people off guard with this response:
“Offensive only, I’ve got Missouri at No. 1 and I don’t even think it’s close,” Rodgers said during a segment on the SEC Network. “They return 10 starters. They’ve got a 3,000-yard quarterback in Drew Lock, a 1,000-yard receiver in J’Mon Moore, a 1,000-yard rusher in Damarea Crockett. Look, they were averaging just over 13 points a game before [offensive coordinator] Josh Heupel came in. They are running a play every 17 seconds and averaging over 500 yards a game.
“They are running on all cylinders. They’ve got talent all over the field, and Heupel continues to cut the playbook and the verbiage back so they can run faster.”
It may seem outlandish on the surface to some, given that Missouri finished last in the SEC East season. But while Barry Odom took some heat for sporting a 4-8 record during his debut season as Tigers head coach, he also appeared to find the right offensive mix along the way.
Last season, Missouri led the SEC in total offense with 500.5 yards per game and ranked fifth in the league in scoring offense with 31.4 points per game.
Of course, all of that offensive tempo may have contributed to a poor performance from the Missouri defense. The Tigers ranked last in the SEC in yards allowed, giving up 479.7 per game while also ranking 12th in the league in scoring defense by allowing 31.5 points per game.
In case you were wondering, here’s what Rodgers’ complete Top 5 looked like:
Jordan Rodgers’ Top 5 SEC offenses for 2017
- Mississippi State